Why this story matters:
Arrimadas, for those who didn’t follow the Catalan crisis closely, is the new face of the pro-Spain opposition in the Catalan parliament. She rapidly made a name for herself and her party by securing the most seats in Parliament with to her heart logo (see below), leaving the Catalans separatists with a perilously narrow majority.
She justified her refusal to support the international women’s strike by pointing to the event's anti-capitalist undertones -- an issue that is far from central to the movement.
Once a mysterious newcomer in Spanish politics, Arrimadas has given us a revealing glimpse of her value hierarchy with her comments.
Details from the story:
- A cross-sectional, popular platform of feminist institutions organizes a nationwide strike on International Women’s Day (March 8) to raise awareness on the importance of gender equality in today’s economic structures.
- On that day, women are encouraged to refrain not only from working and studying but also consuming, e.g. shopping.
- The aim of the strike is to show the vital role of women in a workplace (including housework), as well as women as consumers and students.
- Although the leaders of the strike have declared that they oppose both patriarchy and capitalism, their manifesto reads that the movement is open to everyone.
- Nonetheless, the leader of the centre-right party Ciudadanos, Ines Arrimades, has declared that she will not attend the demonstration due to its anti-capitalist nature.